Shaun Tan Wins Astrid Lindgren Award

Shaun Tan is the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, also known as the most lucrative children’s book award in the world.  The award is given for outstanding contribution to children’s or young adult literature.

"Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books," the jury said in its citation.

"His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone."

Tan recently won an Oscar for best animated short for his animated version of The Lost Thing.

I look forward to reviewing his new Lost and Found soon.

Time to Eat: Nature and Nibbles


Time to Eat by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page

Jenkins and Page continue their collaboration with a new series of nature books for young children.  The other two books in the series are Time for a Bath (coming in May) and Time to Sleep (just released).  In this book, readers learn about the many strange and different things that animals eat.  From the rocks that an ostrich has to eat to chew its food to the tapping thin fingers of an aye-aye looking for lunch, the facts are fascinating. 

Those facts are paired with Jenkins’ illustrations done in paper collage.  As always, his collage work captures the texture of fur, the softness of feathers, and the smoothness of skin.  They manage to be simple yet demonstrate the complexity of the animals. 

Make sure to turn to the end of the book for more details about the featured animals.  The facts included in the body of the book read aloud very well, offering just enough detail to be interesting and yet to move along quickly. 

This is a great book to add to any library’s nature section and to keep on hand for any nature or animal story times you will be doing.  The dung beetle alone is sure to get children intrigued!  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from library copy.

2011 RITA Awards Finalists

The Romance Writers of America gives out RITA and Golden Heart awards every year.  Here are the finalists for the best Young Adult Romance of the year:


Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

The Clearing by Heather Davis

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan


The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells


Hmm.  I’ve read one of these but it wasn’t one of my favorites.  Anyone have one they adore on the list?